FAQ

Are there any grants or other financial assistance available?


SIM Residency does not have a funding board or body attached to it. We also do not offer scholarships or stipends. It is advised that you seek funding in your own country; most Icelandic funding is especially for Icelandic projects or artists.




What are the arrival and departure dates?


The granted residency period is from the 2nd till the last day of each month. If you are staying for longer than one month, then your residency period starts from the 2nd till the last day of your last month of stay without any interruptions.




What living expenses are artists responsible for? What is an average budget per month?


Your residency fee covers your accommodation and studio space. All other costs are the responsibility of the artist. It is good to budget with a minimum of 10.000 - 12.000 ISK per week for food. Otherwise all expenses are dependent on what kind of experience you are looking for. It is good to budget for trips out of town and exploring Iceland.




Where can I stay before/after granted residency period?


If your arrival/departure dates not matching precisely with granted residency period, you can book and stay at our downtown SIM guest house. For availabilities, prices and booking, please visit our web page https://sim.is/residency/short-stay/




How should I get to the residency building from the airport?


After you complete payment for your residency stay, you will receive permission to LOG in the members' area; there, you will find all arrival information and much more.




What kind of equipment SIM residency can provide?


For an exhibition we can provide: -screens -projectors -all kinds of hanging systems -speakers, -headphones
Every other equipment for different media or techniques residency does not provide any specific tools or machines. But we do help for artists to collaborate with local workshop centers where you can get all you need to complete your project. For more information, check our workshop area.




Where should I send a post package?


All letters, packages should be sent to the SIM office address: YOUR NAME SIM Residency Hafnarstræti 16, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland It might take around two weeks to get your package. Plan it before your arrival. IMPORTANT: Any medication won't pass through the customs without local Icelandic doctor prescription/permission to receive medication from abroad by post. If you have health issues and you have to use regular medicaments, or you want to have something in case you will need, make sure that you take it with you in a suitcase during your arrival. Note that all shipments to Iceland - being taxed. If you are planning to send art equipment, most likely, you will have to pay an extra fee to get released from customs. Get cleared out by your delivery company if taxes will be charged or not. We highly recommend to keep in touch with your airline, some of them do accept additional packages for fair enough price. In that way, you will avoid the cost of taxes, and you will be sure that all your art equipment will stay with you from the first day of your stay. Temporary import You can apply for an authorization for the temporary importation of goods without having to pay import duties for the following items: 1. Display products, such as are used in commercial or industry shows including display stands and decorations. 2. Devices, equipment, printed materials, stationery and associated items for use at conferences, meetings or public events. This provision applies e.g. to: a. Computers and Equipment. b. Security equipment. c. Printed materials, table clothes and tableware which are marked with the company logo. d. Goods of token value used as awards or tokens of recognition. 3. Athlete´s competition equipment who come to this country for training or competition, such as vehicles and spare parts for those vehicles, sporting costumes and the like. 4. Instruments, props and other equipment artists who come to this country to take part in music event or art exhibitions. 5. Equipment for scientists who come to this country for research. 6. Equipment of filmmakers and journalists who come to this country for filming or background research. 7. Rescue equipment of rescue teams who come to this country for rescue operations. 8. Industrial equipment for contractors who use it for particular task they come to the country to work on. Product range of this point is the same product range and applies to the contractor under the advertisement number 25/1970 on Iceland''s accession to the Customs Convention on temporary importation of professional equipment. 9. Machines/Engines and equipment brought into the country for a short trial period. 10. Products imported into the country for repair or other treatment, including treatment to prevent them from deterioration or other damages. 11. Products who have A.T.A. Carnet certificate, cf. ad number 24/1970 on Iceland''s membership to customs agreement on benefits for the importation of goods for presentation or use at exhibitions, trade fairs, meetings and similar occasion and ad number 25/1970 on Iceland''s accession to customs agreement on temporary importation of industry equipment. For more information, please visit Directorate of customs https://www.tollur.is/English Icelandic post service: https://www.postur.is/en/




Do I need VISAS?


For detailed information about the VISAS, please visit Iceland`s Directorate of immigration. https://utl.is/index.php/en/visas




Did SIM residency provide a vehicle during the stay?


Unfortunately, for a moment we can`t offer those facilities. You will have to rent a car from rental companies.




Can I have a guest during my stay?


Artists in residency are allowed to have one guest staying with them at a time in the room. Children under 14 years cannot stay in the residency. Guests at Seljavegur can stay for a maximum of two weeks. The guest fee depends on the length of stay: For each week, 18.000 ISK per person required - a shorter stay than a week, 2.500 ISK per night. Payment can be made during your stay at our office. All guests provided with bedding, towels, and an extra bed to sleep on. We also urge you to look into staying at the SÍM guest house at Hafnarstræti 16, for further information look here: https://sim.is/residency/short-stay/




Did the group exhibition and artists talk are mandatory?


We do expect you to participate in both public events, but it is optional.




When can I apply?


SIM residency has two open calls during the year. From 1st till 31st of January for period July - December From 1st till 31st July for a period January - June follow our web page, Instagram, or Facebook to get notifications. https://www.instagram.com/simresidency/ https://www.facebook.com/Simresidency/ You are always welcome to drop a line for us and see if we have any available rooms at any time. residency@sim.is




Should I bring my towels and bed linens?


Included in the residency fee are sheets, towels, water, electricity, heating, and internet access for laptops.




Where can I find all the useful information about my stay?


After you proceed with the payment for your residency stay, you will get permission to log in to the member's area. There you will see all useful information for your stay: arrival information, monthly residency program, dates of events, a different type of notes/directions, helpful contacts and advice to organize safe road trips, and the best tips to explore Icelandic nature also online chat with accepted artists and SIM Residency management.




What are the prices for each room ?


Seljavegur Residency Room 1 = 12 sqm / 550 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio, Ocean View) Room 2 = 10 sqm / 500 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio, Ocean View) Room 3 = 10 sqm / 500 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio, Ocean View) Room 4 = 17 sqm / 700 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio) Room 5 = 17 sqm / 700 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio) Room 6 = 17 sqm / 700 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio) Room 7 = 17 sqm / 700 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio) Room 8 = 17 sqm / 700 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio) Room 9 = 10 sqm / 455 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio) Room 10 = 10 sqm / 455 EUR (Single Bedroom/Studio) Room 11 = 30 sqm / 900 EUR (Double Bedroom/Studio, possible for two persons the room price is fixed - 900 EUR for an individual or a pair) Korpúlfsstaðir Residency Room 1 = 15 sqm / 600 EUR (Double Bedroom + Studios at the upper floor) Room 2 = 12 sqm / 550 EUR (Double Bedroom + Studios at the upper floor) Room 3 = 12 sqm / 550 EUR (Double Bedroom + Studios at the upper floor) You will find more Informations about the Rooms/Studios here: For Seljavegur: https://www.sim-residency.info/seljavegur For Korpúlfsstaðir: https://www.sim-residency.info/korpulfsstadir The residency fee must be paid latest 14 weeks prior to arrival. For residencies lasting longer than one month, the fee for the first month is to be paid 14 weeks in advance, the fee for the second and third month can be paid on arrival. Included in the residency fee are sheets, towels, water, electricity, heating and internet access for lap tops. The residency fee is intended to cover the general cost of running the program. It does not constitute rent and the artist therefore does not obtain the legal status of tenant. Cancellation policy If cancelled 8-4 weeks prior to the scheduled arrival date 50% of the residency fee is refunded. If cancelled 4-0 weeks prior to the scheduled arrival date none of the residency fee is refunded. Guest fee: Artists in residency are allowed to have one guest staying with them at a time. Children under 14 years cannot be brought to stay in the residency. Guests at Seljavegur can stay for a maximum of two weeks. The guest fee depends on the length of stay: For each week 18.000 ISK per person is required. All guests are provided with bedding and towels and a matress to sleep on. We also urge you to look into staying at the SÍM guest house at Hafnarstræti 16, for further information look here: https://sim.is/residency/short-stay/